As much as I enjoyed reading blogs, the idea of starting my own blog was always a bit daunting. Here is the totally relatable story of why I finally started a blog, and the list of attributes that I decided would help me succeed.
As the oldest of four children, I have always been the test child. The first in the family to do anything, with very little assistance and help from older people who have recently succeeded in whatever I was attempting to do. I was the one who had to struggle through it alone, often with my parents who were equally as anxious and often more clueless as to what I was attempting.
After surviving these changes, I would then have to sit and watch my younger siblings easily navigate the world with my parents who were now much more skilled. Not particularly fair.
It is during these times of stress and uncertainty that I first began to look at blogs as a way to understand whatever world I was about to step into, and never has my search been more frantic, as my last year of high school as I tried to plan for my future life in university.
And let me tell you, blogs have been a lifesaver. Any question I wanted to know, I could just search for information on the subject. These were very useful!
The Call to Action
The only issue was, they were, more often than not, written by American students.
Now don’t get me wrong, these students still gave me a wealth of knowledge. But as a girl coming from a small town in New Zealand, a lot of what they said either wasn’t applicable, or impossible to implement myself.
Examples include Amazon Prime for Students, countless scholarships only available in the USA, and multiple discounts, products and stores that I had never even heard of, much less be able to utilise.
I have yet to find, much less enjoy, a successful New Zealand girls blog (let me know in the comments below if you have found one and I’ll make sure to read it)
Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed my time on these blogs, and loved sitting down with a chai latte and reading through the latest posts, usually via Pinterest. These blogs boasted stories of successful college girls showing the lives they lived and the goals they have achieved. Going into my first year of university I was determined to get out there and started doing what I wanted to do with my life. And one of those dreams was to start a blog.
I sat down and wrote a list of attributes I thought would help me succeed in my quest to begin a blog.
- A Regular Time Commitment-I am well known for being excellent with my time management
- Organisation Skills-not quite so renowned, but I just bought a fancy customised planner so I’m hopeful.
- English Proficiency-Well I did get an excellence endorsement in English at school.
- A love for reading and writing-I have been an avid book lover/ wannabe author since I was five.
- Content Ideas-This might be a bit harder to achieve but I’m notoriously creative
- Design skills-five years of digital media at high school should do the trick.
- Some idea about what I was doing-Yeah nah not much of that. But hey, that’s what trusty blogs were for.
- A small amount of money to invest-This one was difficult. I am completely broke!!Did I have these things? Meh sorta. But where there is a will, there is sometimes a way. And at the end of the day you will only know if you try.
Did I have these attributes? Well not all of them…..but I was eager to learn and determined to try.
Now that I had this idea, I had to try and follow through. Somehow. Not gonna lie, it is a pretty daunting task when you’re starting out! Especially as I was about to begin my first year at university so I would be super busy anyway!
Once you pay the money there is no going back. So I signed up for a WordPress blog, paid my super cheap fee and instantly began googling blogging tips.
Will I make tonnes of money? Nah.
Get famous? Let’s hope not!
I am just keen to have fun with this blog and see where it takes me.
The Success Story
This blog is still just a work in progress. However I can promise you that the fun is just beginning. Wish me luck guys! Lets see what we can achieve together.
Cheers, Alura xx